Currie dismisses LA Galaxy rumours

IPSWICH winger Darren Currie today dismissed reports linking him with a move to LA Galaxy.“I wish,” laughed Currie, 32, reacting to an internet rumour picked up by a number of national newspapers.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH winger Darren Currie today dismissed reports linking him with a move to LA Galaxy.

“I wish,” laughed Currie, 32, reacting to an internet rumour picked up by a number of national newspapers.

“There has certainly been no contact with LA Galaxy or, for that matter, any other club.”

Currie is out of favour with Town boss Jim Magilton and is already looking forward to the next phase of a nomadic career that has seen him serve nine clubs.

He rubbished stories that he might become a team-mate of former England skipper David Beckham in Major League Soccer.

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Currie said: “This is the first time in my career that this has happened to me and it is very frustrating.

“I have been out of the side from time to time at some of my previous clubs but I've never been in a situation before where I've not been in the manager's plans.

“It was also disappointing when the transfer window opened and shut in January without anything happening.

“But I suppose I could still go out on loan and something could be agreed whereby I move permanently once the season is over.

“I've loved my time with Ipswich and I would never say anything against the club, but it is clear that my time here is coming to an end.”

Currie, who cost £250,000 from Brighton in December 2004, has clocked up 88 appearances for Town and scored nine goals.

He played eight games on loan at Coventry towards the end of last year but his hopes of a permanent switch to the Ricoh Arena were dashed when the Sky Blues sacked boss Micky Adams.

There have been murmurings of interest from Championship clubs Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday, while League One pair Millwall and Brighton both declared an interest.

But Ipswich are thought to be holding out for a fee, while would-be employers were hoping the player might be available on a free transfer.

Town may decide it would make economical sense to release Currie. As a free agent he would be able to make a permanent move elsewhere.

The alternative is to continue to pay his wages until his contract expires in June or to sanction a temporary move once the loan market opens in a couple of days' time.